Cape Breton Open starts Aug. 31.
2017 Cape Breton Open starts on Aug. 31 at Bell Bay Golf Club
Players and organizers of the 2017 Cape Breton Open golf tournament were in Baddeck on Thursday to reveal details of the event that starts at the end of the month.
Baddeck natives Peter Campbell and Trevor Chow, both successful Cape Breton golfers, will be competing in the tournament that is part of the MacKenzie/ PGA Tour Canada. The tournament will be played at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck.
Campbell, who lives in Florida with his wife and two children, said he’s looking forward to playing in the tournament, after missing last year’s event.
“I’m excited, my family and I always come back here for the summer and there’s no place like it. I’ve travelled all over South America and overseas and if I were to pick one place to play golf, it would be in Cape Breton,” said Campbell.
Campbell is coming off an injury but said he’s ready for the Cape Breton Open on August 31.
“I battled injuries but I had
knee surgery about six weeks ago and that cleared some things up for me so I feel like my game is what it was at my peak last year,” said Campbell.
Chow, who is coming off a big win about two weeks ago at the Nova Scotia Mid-Am tournament, said playing in Baddeck adds to the excitement of the tournament.
“It’s amazing. It’s always special when you get to play in a big event like this, but it’s way more special when it is in your home town,” said Chow.
Chow said although he is familiar with the course, it has its
challenges. “Even though the fairways are a little bit generous, the woods are not so generous. You have a very high likelihood that you’ll lose the ball in the woods and tee shots are very important at this course,” said Chow.
The other players in attendance for the conference were Pat DeCoste of Elmsdale who was competing at the Cape Breton Open for the first time, and Brad Curren from Hammonds Plains, who had his professional debut at the course last year.
At the conference, Sandy Campbell, the executive director of the Cape Breton Open, thanked all involved for making the tournament and golf in Cape Breton help the Island economically.
“I think its done a wonderful job if you look at the impact over the last five years, it’s generated $4 million is economic activity, and $7.5 million in national and international media exposure through regular and social platforms,” said Campbell.
During the conference there were comments from various community leaders, like Mary Tulle, of Destination Cape Breton, and Bruce Morrison, representing the County of Victoria, were also at the news conference.
While the tournament will be held at Bell Bay Golf Club, there is also a Canada vs. USA long drive challenge at Highland Links Golf Club taking place at the same time. The headliners for the challenge will be Jamie Sadlowski of Canada and Jake Knapp of the United States.
The 2017 Cape Breton Open runs from Aug. 31 until Sunday, Sept. 3. For more details about the event and the players competing, visit www.capebretonopen.com.
Sandy Campbell speaks at a news conference for the Cape Breton Open on Thursday in Baddeck as players. Left to right, golfers Pat DeCoste, Brad Curren, Peter Campbell and Trevor Chow, sit at the front of the room.